Best Readers’ Catches of 2013

The best readers' photos of 2013 — see if you made the cut.

February 3, 2014
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Jeff Pierce of Atlanta landed what would have been the new Georgia state record Tarpon had he wanted to kill it. A length and girth formula on the fish brought her weight to a grand total of 188 pounds, beating the old record by 27 pounds! The fish was landed with an Ugly Stick Custom 30-60 class rod and a Penn Squall reel loaded with 65-pound Spiderwire Invisi-Braid. The hook that held the old girl was a Mustad 14/0 circle. Thanks to Jeff for letting this old girl swim free!
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Ricky Girvin of Orangevale, California when he went Tarpon fishing in the Sabannah Flats off of an island called Ambergris Caye in Belize this past August.
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Pete Salvo and Dr. Tommy Sessa of South Florida caught this 287lb yellow fin tuna in Boca Chica, Panama June 1st Fishing with Capt. Kerry Leggett of Come Fish Panama. 2hour and 20 minute fight
Jeffrey Friedland of Denver, Colorado, with a 68-pound wahoo caught out of Boca Paila Fishing Lodge in Mexico.
Bill Platt with an impressive yellowfin grouper caught off Galveston, Texas.
This 10-foot tiger shark was caught and released off Big Pine Key, Florida, by Kyle Stratton.
Captain Fred Lavitma, of Crimson Tide Charters, with a nice GT.
Captain Fred Lavitman, with Crimson Tide Charters in Green Harbor, Marshfield, Mass, and his monster bluefin tuna.
Charlie, 14, and Joey, 12, last summer bagged four 150-plus-pound halibut fishing the Barren Islands off Homer, Alaska.
Albert Rivenburgh caught this impressive 85-pound amberjack 70 miles offshore.
Early season trolling for nice mid-size bluefin tuna with Capt. Joe DeGruttola.
Marvin Day was fishing 65 miles out from Orange Beach, Alabama, when he dropped down a live hardtail and got this 60-plus-pound amberjack.
An unususal longtail bass, Hemanthias leptus, caught by Capt. Brian Cone while deep-dropping off Islamorada, Florida.
Mike Walsh caught this 66-inch dorado while fishing with Capt. Leo in Cozumel.
David Whetstone of Homestead, Florida, fishing in Biscayne Bay.
Graham Alloway from Toronto, Canada, caught this 41.3-pound bull mahi while fishing in 300 feet of water in Key Largo in mid-March 2013, aboard his boat the Green Gecko. He landed it with the help from Capt. John Barnes (right).
Blaine Saathoff caught this 9-pound, 2-ounce gator trout in the Lower Laguna Madre in Texas on a Chickenboy “Flounder King.”
Cobia caught on an eel by Daniel McCurdy, John Blue and Andy Kelly.
Wayne LeBelle with two fish caught on a large Williamson popper in Pedasi, Panama.
Sue Kemp caught this 62-pound dolphin aboard the Bad Company near Chub Cay.
Capt. Chandler Cataldie with a 164-pound yellowfin landed after a two-hour fight.
Capt. Jarrod Tuttle with a 90-pound tarpon.
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Kimberly Pierce with her Texas catch.
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Dwain Holmes with the largest of three roosterfish caught in the mouth of Jiquilisco Bay in El Salvador!
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Mark Hansen, on a recent trip to Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, landed this 68-pound cobia out of the surf.
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Matt St. Germain with his bull red catch in Galveston, Texas
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Matt Lam with a 40-pound Warsaw grouper pulled from a wreck in Freeport, Texas.
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Leslie Lightfoot caught this 70-pound wahoo in the Bahamas, using fresh ballyhoo.
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Kyle Gemas with his permit catch. The blacktips got a piece!
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Connor caught this 42-pound king salmon at Lake Creek Lodge in Alaska.
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Michelle from Deerfield Beach, Florida, with an impressive roosterfish caught in in Quepos, Costa Rica.
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Lance Yarham with a 265-pound halibut fishing on the Sandspit Queen in the Queen Charlotte Islands.
Anthony Verdi from Yardville, New Jersey, with a nice yellowfin tuna.
Ken Dehon’s 36-inch beauty and was one of 15 fish caught on the Caloosahatchee River this day.
Michael Edge with a 90-pound black drum, Cape May, New Jersey.
Capt. Jordan Todd of Saltwater Obsessions caught this huge tripletail out of Port St. Joe, Florida.
Chad Blanton caught this 59-pound bull aboard the Slammer II off the coast of Savannah, Georgia near the “Deli” early this summer
Ryan Donovan with a nice dorado caught with the Redrum fleet!
Ron Step with his 231-pound tuna caught off Ocean City, Maryland.
Lisa Engel, 14 years old, from Fairhope, Alabama, caught this 84.5-pound yellowfin tuna 40 miles offshore of Venice, Louisiana.
100-pound sail caught out of Los Suenos, Costa Rica, aboard Gunsmoke by Tim Williams.
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Elijah Reynolds caught and released this gorgeous 41″ striper weighing aprox 40 lbs jigging off the bottom just outside the commercial fleet in Chatam, MA.
Caught in December In Jacksonville, Fl, by David Vence
This great pic was taken by Bret Oberhauser of Forked River, New Jersey.
Dom Reale of Olympia,Washington, with a nice wahoo he caught on spinning tackle while fishing in Mexican waters on the American Angler out of San Diego.
Shannon Clark with a 30-inch redfish caught on artificial bait in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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